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We’ve all been there, after a long day of work sometimes it’s nice to just loosen up that tie, hang out with some friends, and talk over a couple of drinks. Instead of hitting the local bars, consider winding down at the most “local” place you can get–your own home, at your home bar, to be exact! Having a home bar is often one of those things many people dream about but never see come to fruition. Well, now’s as good as any other time to make those dreams a reality. Create your own bar at home and take winding down and entertaining to a whole new level. We present to you: 21 design ideas for your home bar.
If you want a moveable bar, try a bar cart that you can wheel around from room to room. Here are some that we absolutely adore:
If you want a permanent bar, think about the space you have and look into different options of maximizing that space. Here are some examples:
For those interested in a wet bar, which is a bar with running water and a sink, check out these setups for some inspiration:
For a dry bar, which is a regular bar without a sink, you have more flexibility in terms of configuration. These are just a few makeshift ideas:
Looking for a set theme for your bar? Some classic ideas include:
And finally, most importantly of all, here are some suggestions for stocking your bar: You’ve gotta have the alcohol. Some basics include: rum, tequila, vodka, whiskey, gin, scotch, wine, schnapps, and bourbon. Next are the mixers. Who doesn’t love a cocktail? (Even James Bond enjoys his martinis.) Have some grenadine, dry vermouth, tonic water, club soda, Coke, 7-Up, fruit juices (orange, cranberry, lime, pineapple, and tomato), and liqueurs on hand. Last but not least, you’ll need the finishing touches like ice, limes, olives, maraschino cherries, mint leaves, salt, and celery for starters. Depending on what drinks you’ll be making, grab other ingredients as well.
As for accessorizing and personal touches, see our article on Bar Accessories!
Hope you enjoyed these ideas and start creating your own vision. Let us know what kind of bar you’d like to have in your home. Cheers!